Karen Harris, Ed.D.

Mary Emily Warner Professor of Education at Arizona State University

Karen Harris, Ed.D.

Karen R. Harris is the Mary Emily Warner Professor of Education. She has worked in education for more than 40 years, initially as a general education teacher and then as a special education teacher. Dr. Harris has chosen throughout her teaching and research career to work in highly diverse schools in low-income areas due to her commitment to improving teaching and learning for all students. She is interested in validating instructional approaches for heterogeneous classrooms derived from integrating multiple, evidence-based theories and practices.

Dr. Harris developed the Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) model of strategies instruction, which has been deemed evidence-based in both special and general education. SRSD has been most extensively researched in the area of writing, although researchers have also addressed reading, math, and homework. Her current research focuses on continued refinement of SRSD; practice-based professional development in SRSD for special and general educators; development of new writing and reading strategies to address reading and writing to learn; computer supported SRSD instruction; and integrating SRSD instruction with evidence-based practices in handwriting, spelling, sentence construction, and vocabulary in early grades. 

Dr. Harris is a former editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology and the lead editor of the APA Educational Psychology Handbook. She has authored 14 books and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in special education, general education, and educational psychology. She is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association and has served in leadership roles for AERA, APA, and CEC. Selected awards include the Council for Exceptional Children Career Award for Research, the AERA Division C Scribner Award for a program of work that has significantly influenced thinking and research in the field of learning and instruction, and the AERA Division K Exemplary Publication Award for research in professional development.